Research Assistant Professor, Research Associate Professor, or Research Professor, Florida Space Ins

Orlando, Florida
May 12, 2023
Jul 11, 2023

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The Opportunity

The Florida Space Institute (FSI) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for multiple full-time, 12-month, non-tenure earning research assistant professor, research associate professor, or research professor positions to carry out research in the fields of space, heliophysics, planetary, atmospheric sciences, as well as astronomy and astrophysics. The successful candidate will be expected to carry a dynamic, externally funded, and internationally recognized research program that addresses scientific questions of significance in their field; collaborate with other researchers and faculty at FSI and UCF; provide high quality student and postdoctoral supervision and mentorship; and promote equity and inclusion in the team. We are seeking candidates whose experience in research, mentoring, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

FSI is a multi-disciplinary center for space-related activities aimed at facilitating and conducting leading-edge research in astrophysics, heliophysics, planetary, space and atmospheric sciences, and committed to supporting space education programs. We are looking to expand our group of researchers on our way to becoming a premier institution in space sciences and education.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. from an accredited institution in physics, astronomy, astrophysics, planetary sciences, or a related field is required.

  • Consistent record of competitively funded space research and/or experimentation grants and contracts.

  • Demonstrated research leadership ability and interpersonal skills.

  • Years of experience in a similar position:

    • Assistant professor: Three (3) years.

    • Associate professor: Five (5) years.

    • Professor: Seven (7) years.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience performing research tasks:

    • Assistant professor: Four (4) years.

    • Associate professor: Six (6) years.

    • Professor: Eight (8) years.

  • Solid track record of publications.

  • Award management experience.

  • Proficiency in English.

Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website, In addition to the online application, candidates should upload a cover letter, a research statement, a current curriculum vitae, and a list with contact information for three (3) professional references.

The selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts (and, as applicable, U.S. degree equivalency evaluations) documenting the conferral of their qualifying academic credentials.

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be simultaneously uploaded. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.

Questions regarding this search may be directed to:

Nayade Ramirez, HR Partner III

University of Central Florida

Contact number: +1 407-882-1318

Special Instructions to the Applicants:

These positions are funded by contracts and grants and are contingent upon available funding.

Job Close Date:

Open until filled.

Note to applicants: Please keep in mind that a job posted as ‘Open until filled' may close at any time without notice. As such, we encourage you to submit your application and all required documentation as quickly as possible to ensure consideration for the posted position.

Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks! In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

  • Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.
  • Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays.
  • Retirement savings options.
  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando area attractions.
  • Education assistance.
  • Flexible work environment.

And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees' on the UCF Human Resources website (

Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region's talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It's one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation's top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger, and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 240 degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete, online programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, Ph.D.'s., certificates, and more.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer. Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF's expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

Additional Requirements related to Research Positions

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research-related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of higher education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.

The additional screening requirements only apply to employment in research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty positions (including employed visiting positions), graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, postdoctoral scholar positions, and undergraduate positions.


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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at

As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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